It has a spinoff channel named Outside Xtra, which allows the cast to discuss gaming topics that aren't necessarily relevant to Xbox games. It is presented by Ellen Rose and Luke Westaway.
In 2017, as part of the celebrations for Outside Xbox achieving two million subscribers, the two channels joined together to play a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, as frequently requested by subscribers, with Eurogamer contributor Johnny Chiodini acting as the Dungeon Master. This proved very popular with the viewers and has become something of an infrequent recurring feature. Each of the campaigns revolve around the misadventures of a party of adventurers known as the "Oxventurers", who are usually searching for nothing more than a nice little holiday but instead end up becoming embroiled in a series of quests resulting in curses, treasure and a terrifyingly high amount of bloodshed. The "Oxventurers" are:
- Corazón (Andy): A rather smug pirate with a fondness for stealing anything that isn't nailed down who doesn't have a mysterious veiled past, seriously, stop asking him about it;
- Prudence (Jane): A tiefling warlock whose interests mainly centre around worshipping Cthulthu, horribly murdering her enemies by blasting them in the face with dark eldritch magic, combatting the scourge of anti-tiefling racism (mainly by attacking anyone who rubs her the wrong way with said dark eldritch magic) and making snide comments about everyone;
- Merilwyn (Ellen): A wood-elf druid with an affinity for nature and a special bond with animals, which often manifests in frustratingly self-righteous lectures about her affinity for nature and her special bond with animals;
- Dob (Luke): A half-orc bard with some sick music-based abilities and a music catalog suspiciously similar to that of the 1990s Eurodance act the Vengaboys, who is searching for his long-lost sister;
- Egbert the Careless (Mike): A wandering dragon-born paladin who is keen on his search for atonement, is particularly keen on spreading the good news about his paladin order to everyone he comes across, and is especially keen on solving problems in as explosive, firey and non-OHSA-compliant a fashion as possible.
Tropes specific to the campaigns are found at the bottom of the page.
See also PlayStation Access, a similar show, also UK based, but focusing on the PlayStation line. (Outside Xbox was initially founded by Xbox as a rival to Playstation Access, but Outside Xbox split away from Xbox and the two channels no longer operate as direct competitors, getting along rather well.)
Outside Xbox and Outside Xtra contain examples of:
- '80s Hair: Parodied in a Show of the Week discussing 80s-themed Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, with a VHS tape of an 80s-era Outside Xbox episode. Yes, before the Xbox was released.
- Accidental Misnaming: In the video introducing the hosts of Outside Xtra, they jokingly misname Mike as "Mick".
- Achievement Mockery: Has been covered more than once:
- Achievements in Ignorance: Mike blowing up "The Chef" Elusive Target in Hitman with a Remote Explosive Duck, and somehow only killing the chef, not harming his entourage, and being able to walk away without being noticed. This coming from a person who not even a few seconds earlier, struggled to work out the inventory controls for equipping the Explosive Duck.
- Acting Unnatural: When his character is in disguise in games like Hitman and Grand Theft Auto Online, Andy will often keep up a running commentary of his character's awkward attempts to interact innocently with other characters.
- Adorkable: Ellen and Luke in general, especially during Show of the Weekend when they're off script.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: In the Mario franchise, Luigi is a Shell-Shocked Veteran and Peach is a sadistic tyrant.
- Angrish: When a Sentret flees in the Pokémon GO Generation 2 catch race, Ellen stomps off muttering furious gibberish.
- Animal Motifs: Luke is associated with birds: he has a particular expression that Ellen calls his "angry owl face," and has made a Running Gag out of flamingos. Ellen herself is often associated with cats.
- Apologetic Attacker: Both Jane and Mike apologise profusely as they kill the infected victims in Hitman (2016): Patient Zero.
- April Fools' Day: The 2017 April 1st episode of Outside Xtra's "Show of the Weekend" began with a prank that revealed that the whole 'second channel' thing was itself apparently just an elaborate prank on the audience orchestrated by the Outside Xbox hosts. Unfortunately for them, Mike forgot to tell Luke and Ellen that the whole thing was just a prank and that their jobs weren't real...
- Artificial Stupidity: The subject of "7 Times You Were Grateful Enemies Were Dumb".
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Mike sometimes acts like this. Especially when the "shiny" object in question is a car or related to cars.
- Ascended Glitch:
- Audience Participation:
- Some lists on both Outside Xbox and Outside Xtra have a Commenter edition, which list characters, games, or other moments not touched on in the original list that commenters feel were left out of the list. The viewers that suggest these are credited for the entry along with their comment.
- Every Show of the Week/End's third act is reading and responding to commenters.
- Commenters got to name Marston's horse in the Red Dead Redemption playthrough. The current favourite is Horse-on Welles.
- Their live-streams also tend to double as Q&A sessions for their commenters, at times to the point where they'll get so caught up in a discussion stemming from one of the questions that the game they're currently playing becomes a bit of an afterthought.
- Author Appeal:
- All five hosts have at least one favorite game that they can't stop gushing about:
- Andy's favourite is Red Dead Redemption . The Let's Play for that game seems to exist primarily because it's one of Andy's favourite games and he lost his 100% save.
- Jane's favourite is Mass Effect. She did several Let's Play about Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect: Andromeda, did a whole video about Artistic License Astronomy to talk about Mass Effect 2 and another to talk about her Andromeda's space training.
- Mike's favourite is Forza. He's also very keen on Dark Souls.
- Luke's favourite is The Legend of Zelda. While not exactly a favourite, it's also a bit of a running gag that he is apparently the only member of the Outside X-team that likes Super Mario Sunshine.
- Ellen's favourite is frequently presented as being Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. It is revealed in one video that there is apparently a protocol banning Ellen from mentioning it simply because she'd take every opportunity she could to gush about it.note She's also very fond of the Assassin's Creed and Tomb Raider games.
- James has been mentioned to like EVE Online. He's also fond of Football Manager. When asked why he likes it, he responds "Because it is good,"Commenter: Give that man a seat on the sofa!
- In non-game related examples:
- Andy's specialist subject is historynote , and he seems to have particular fondness for pirates and cowboys.
- Mike is very much into cars.
- Luke loves dinosaurs and 18th century sailing ships, and appears to have a fondness for LEGO as well. At one point, he remarked his favorite historical figure is Admiral Horatio Nelson.
- Jane has a master's degree in physics and will gladly remind you of that at the slightest provocation.
- Ellen is really into cute animals, particularly cats. During "Showdown of the Weekend 2018", Luke mentions that she's told him about every cat she's ever met, and guesses that the answer about her having a small dog thrown at her is false, because she would have mentioned the breed.Ellen: If there's any opportunity for me to make a fuss about a cute animal, then I will take it.
- All five hosts have at least one favorite game that they can't stop gushing about:
- Bad Bad Acting: The video introducing Outside Xtra has a segment where the Oxbox team introduce the new hosts "in their own words" while obviously reading from scripts and using hammy unnatural body language.
- Bad Boss: Played for laugh, as with everything else. The Oxbox team in general and Jane in particular. So far, Luke and Ellen mention that they had to work over Easter or Jane would feed them to the Mimics from Prey (2017); Jane's Suspiciously Specific Denial of doing something to Luke; Mike and Andy are mind-controlling Luke with a mirror The Last Guardian 's style; Jane has inflicted "productivity scorpions" on the Xtra team. Both Luke and Ellen also live in terror of being sent "back to the video game mines" if their channel doesn't perform up to snuff. Luke is also contractually obligated to carry the Oxbox team around on piggy-back on demand.
- Berserk Button: Each host seems to have one regarding inaccuracies, whether they see it in a game, or are told it by someone else. Andy's is historical or literary inaccuracy, Mike's is vehicle inaccuracy, Jane's is scientific inaccuracy, and Luke's is paleontological inaccuracy (i.e. getting dinosaurs wrong).
- Brain Bleach: On "Show of the Weekend" for 6th October 2018, Ellen said that after playing Rise of the Tomb Raider, she wanted to have her memories wiped so that she could play it again for the first time. After playing Shadow of the Tomb Raider, she just wanted to have her memories wiped.
- Brick Joke: Xtra jokes tend to get at least one secondary appearance: the time-travel Pikachu, Luke's time trapped in the studio over Christmas, getting trapped in shipping containers, Bud Fensler, and so on.
- While Jane and Andy have their mishaps, no one suffers more than Mike Channell.
- As the recent hires and junior members of the team, whenever Outside Xtra hosts Ellen and Luke show up they tend to be (jokingly) treated as dogsbodies.
- The Cameo:
- Before being "revealed" in the 2M subscribers video, James Hill had a couple of appearances in some comedic bits. In one, Andy demonstrated his nodding-through-interview technique with him, and in another, he's a Pokemon GO player who wandered in the studio. He also had an entire series to himself in 2013 in which he played State of Decay.
- Ellen first appeared on the channel playing Rise of the Tomb Raider co-op with Andy several weeks before Outside Xtra was announced, while Ellen was still part of Xbox On.
- Rob Pearson from PlayStation Access made a quick cameo in the video about weird game cameos.
- A few of the Eurogamer crew have appeared in Oxbox videos, with Aoife Wilson accompanying Luke through the live action Resident Evil 7 experience, Bendix appearing for the July 27th 2018 livestreams, Ben Borthwick accompanying them for their early forays into GTA Online and, most notably, Johnny Chiodini serving as Dungeon Master for their various Dungeons & Dragons adventures. Bendix also did art for their "Quiet Riot" D&D episode.
- Whenever they're doing a Let's Play of a military-themed game (such as Battlefield 1) and screw up in a humiliating fashion, the player (usually either Mike or Andy) will often quip "And that was my war."
- "Loophole!" for when discussing Batman's no kill rule.
- Whenever a video game character gets too bothersome with their demands, they will, more often Jane, sarcastically remark they want " a moon on a stick".
- Any time a player character is forced to hide within a box, crate or similar from numerous enemies hunting them, most likely after an attempt at stealth gone badly wrong, the player will remark that "this is my life now".
- Particularly disastrous moments in playthroughs will often be met with some variation on "It's fine, everything's fine."
- Luke has a tendency to plaintively ask "Why do we fight?" whenever he's trying to weasel out of a combat scenario that isn't going very well for him.
- Things going wrong for either the characters in-game or the hosts out of it will be met with "This is the one thing we didn't want to happen."
- Chest Monster: The subject of the video "7 Harmless Items That Are Definitely Not Monsters".
- Christmas Creep: Mike alludes to the Easter equivalent, describing Ready Player One as having "more Easter Eggs than supermarket shelves in January".
- Cluster F-Bomb:
- Jane opens the Show of the Week with the Titanfall Drinking Game with an incredibly profane rant about nothing in particular.
- During a video in which Mike previewed the bosses of Cuphead, he frequently sweared about how difficult the bosses were.
- During one show, Andy mentions that he has to censor James whenever he talks, because if his voice is heard, they have to pay him more. James responds with a censored rant so profane it disturbs both Andy and Mike.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Jane is prone to this when her mad scientist persona is being played up, such as by claiming everyone's food as part of an "experiment".
- Comically Missing the Point: The "Sequels That Flipped the Script" video includes a sidebar in which Andy remarks on the fact that the game Battlefield 2 was the sequel was not Battlefield or Battlefield 1, but Battlefield 1942 — which he pronounces as if it were the sequel to 1,941 earlier Battlefield games.
- Corpsing: They'll cut laughter in the middle of a comedy bit, but they don't object to leaving it in when someone just offscreen dies laughing at the end of one.
- The beginning of this video is particularly noticeable as Andy can barely keep it under control as he pulls a Take That! against Mass Effect 3.
- Jane also finds it hard to keep a straight face when discussing the Batman villain Condiment King in "7 Achievements That Took Some Serious Planning".
- In general, you can count the amount of Shows of the Weekend where Ellen doesn't at some point dissolve into hysterical giggling at what's going on with one hand, and have plenty of fingers left over.
- Curse Cut Short: At the very end of Show of the Week for 9 February 2018, Andy finally gets access to gaming news:Andy: RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 HAS BEEN DELAYED WHAT THE FU— [video ends]
- Cute Kitten: "7 Stupidest Ways Humanity Got Destroyed" starts with Ellen saying "There's never a good way for humanity to be wiped out, unless it's some kind of kitten supernova."
- Cuteness Proximity: Fairly common, especially in Xtra videos. If a character has a cute pet, there will be cooing. Consider yourself warned. Ellen in particular is susceptible.
- Invoked with the "please stand by" title cards to the Outside Xtra livestreams, which feature a couple of pictures of adorable looking otters in the hope that they will make the wait more bearable and mollify the viewer, as one of the captions reads "Patience is a virtue, they seem to say".
- Dastardly Whiplash: In the 12 Evil Achievements for Heartless Bastards, Andy explains the appropriately named achievement: "Dastardly" from Red Dead Redemption, which sees you hogtie-ing a woman to some train tracks, and watch them get run over. Andy then quickly reveals the correct way of watching is by twirling an old-timey moustache and laughing evilly at your deed. Cue Andy doing exactly that.
- Darker and Edgier: Invoked In-Universe by Ellen when discussing Dark Souls, when she made Luke take a cute animal mascot he had made and turn him into a terrifying Dark Souls boss.
- Deadpan Snarker: All three engage in this but Jane stands out to the point that her character was used to demonstrate the sarcastic options in Fallout 4.
- Death Glare: Luke tries to historically justify the anachronistic nature of For Honor to Andy while suffering under a near constant glare of seething disapproval. Andy also got to pull it out when Ellen made a Norse myth pun related to God of War (PS4) (asking if Luke was Loki excited, or Hela excited), prompting her to attempt to hide behind Luke.
- Disappointed in You: In "6 Annoying Kids Who Make Us Glad We Don't Babysit Anymore", Ellen says "I'm not angry, I'm just disappointed." Beat "FURIOUSLY disappointed."
- Disproportionate Retribution: Another player wrecks a heist they're doing in Grand Theft Auto Online, so Mike decides to blow a cool half mil on hitting him with a Kill Sat.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Ellen has to put a penny in a jar every time she gets distracted by how dreamy she finds the Outsider from Dishonored.
- The Dog Ate My Homework: There was no "Show of the Weekend" on 12th May 2018. The reason given was "a dog ate it." There was a Clip Show instead.
- Don't Try This at Home: The team sometimes make cocktails from video games. Some go better than others.
- After misreading the recipe for a cocktail led to putting a handful of nutmeg into the cocktail shaker - which is a legitimately toxic amount of nutmeg to put into anything - a disclaimer at the bottom of the screen stated "Spoiler: This is a dangerous amount of nutmeg. Like seriously, a dangerous amount. Do not eat this much nutmeg ever."
- Their video of the Dragon Flame cocktail from Hitman 2 included the "don't try this at home" warning because it is vile: it includes chilli and raw egg and looks like vomit.
- Doomed Moral Victor: After the 2018 Xmas Charades game, when the Outside Xbox team narrowly miss coming back to win after a good second round, in the spirit of good sportsmanship Luke claims that Outside Xbox won a moral victory even if they didn't win the game overall. Unfortunately, he underestimates the lack of good sportsmanship on the part of the Outside Xbox team, particularly Andy, as they start dancing around and gloating as if they had won an actual victory. This prompts Luke to offer the amendment that it becomes less of a moral victory the more Andy gloats, before finally swearing off claiming moral victories altogether.
- Drives Like Crazy: Basically everyone. Lampshaded by Jane, while being strafed by a fighter jet in Grand Theft Auto Online:Jane: I'm trying to drive erratically, but it's no more or less erratic than I usually drive.
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- Jane, Andy, and Mike originally shot their videos standing while facing the camera full-on. It took a while before they started sitting in the wooden chair they now use.
- The Outside Xtra's introduction video implied that the Outside Xbox crew are their puppet forced to stick to their script. Compare that to their current status as the Oxbox team's Butt-Monkey.
- Early episodes of "Show of the Week" tended to go to more places in the studio and feature things like tips for completing achievements, general game news, and so forth. The presenters also used to swap around in the different sections more, and the furnishings and general studio appearance was also quite different. Over time, they adopted a tighter format involving two presenters starting on the standard green couch discussing the game of the week, one presenter meeting the third by the bookcase to go through a feature (or, later, a challenge) and the user comments, before the first two presenters meet back on the couch to close the episode.
- The channel also initially featured more behind-the-scenes content related to the games they were discussing, including interviews with the production teams. This is a lot rarer now.
- Edible Theme Naming: Discussed by Ellen and Luke while discussing names for cats. They both lose it at "Tray Bake."
- Egopolis: Oxboxford, the team's project in Cities: Skylines is very much this, with the OX roadways, and the giant statue. It does, however, overlap with Wretched Hive in this case, with the university (and sole educational facility) called the Jane Douglas Institute, the hospital Dr Andy's Horrortorium, and the crematorium Mike's Grill.
- Epic Fail:
Mike: Yeah, I've got no excuse for that one.
- Everyone considers Mike's In-Universe to be a game of Payday 2 when he throws a grenade to alert an entire bank about five seconds after the mission starts.Andy: Yeah, Mike, what happened here?
- The time that Jane tried to parachute into a military base in Grand Theft Auto V only to mistime the landing and face-plant straight into the ground and lose a life also tends to get mentioned quite frequently. As does the time Jane once tried to bail out of a jet plane she was flying only to get hit and killed by her own plane while doing so.
- Ellen and Luke's Christmas challenges are played head-to-head, and twice, Luke had soundly thrashed her. The first was a footrace from Helgen to Riften in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and the second was sneaking up on a deer in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and riding it to Kakariko Village. Luke clocked in at five minutes in compared to Ellen's almost-thirty.
- Also in the Christmas challenges, twice Ellen has attempted to use some in-game medium to draw a Pikachunote , and twice it has been found by Andy, in his capacity as a blind judge, to be subpar. In particular, his review of her second attempt was harsh enough to border on being a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. And to add insult to injury, both times while they were doing it Luke had commented that he thought Ellen's was better than his.
- Battlefield 1 had a particularly crazy instance in which Mike needed to flush out some enemies who were one floor above him in a lighthouse. He throws a grenade at them, only for it to bounce off the hatch and fall back towards him. Mike tries to dodge, but falls down three flights of stairs inside the lighthouse and break his legs. Then, the grenade rests beside him and finally explodes, killing him.
- In a train simulation video game, Mike manages to lock himself out of his own train while it slowly moves away from the station.
- Everyone considers Mike's In-Universe to be a game of Payday 2 when he throws a grenade to alert an entire bank about five seconds after the mission starts.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Jane may be a Mad Scientist with aspirations to take over the world but she protests strongly when Andy contemplates killing horses in Red Dead Redemption.
- Mike has spent the entirety of his Hitman (2016) career as a Mad Bomber who immediately goes for the most over-the-top elimination possible and defaults to lethal solutions, an approach that has led to his record being something like nineteen non-target kills. The final mission of Patient Zero, in which the virus gets truly out of control, leads to so many casualties even he starts feeling bad about all the killing he's doing.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Luke's Kingdom Come: Deliverance Survival Simulation is a bit excessive, to the point where choosing to have a bit of a lie-in causes Ellen to lose a life to dysentery.Luke: (sing-song) Medieval life was horrible!
- FaceHeel Turn: Andy attempts one for about, ooh, eight seconds in a video about good guys turning into bad guys and getting cooler thereby.
- Facial Horror: While trying out NBA 2K15's face scan feature, the presenters are left screaming at the horror that is Jane's mangled in-game face.
- Fanon Discontinuity: In-Universe — In the episode "7 Games Too Ambitious For Their Own Good", Jane says that she liked all three Fable games. And that there were only three games.
- Fanservice: "8 DLCs That Were Ridiculous Fanservice And We Loved It" is about non-sexual Fanservice.
- Full-Frontal Assault: One of the challenges in the Oxbox Xmas Challenge for 2015 was the Nude Mayor Punching. Repeated again for 2016 in the Nude Jarl Punching. And again in 2017 with the Nude Elder Punching challenge. Curiously, Mike selected this challenge every year.
- Fun T-Shirt: So, so many. Recurring ones include Luke's Silent Princess shirt, Jane's Solaire shirt, Andy's "Kojima" shirt, etc.
- Genius Loci: Andy is revealed to be the human avatar of one in the Jan 14, 2017 episode of Show of the Weekend, who in 2028 will have become too powerful for Earth's forces to contain.
- If Andy's comments on the matter are any indication, he hasn't quite gotten to that point yet, but he's trying to.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Luke loses his mind while trapped in the studio over Christmas one year.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Referenced in a Hitman (2016) video that had Jane playing, Mike advising her to throw a screwdriver at the target in a crowded sauna, and Andy mentioning that might not be the stealthiest course of action.
- Got Me Doing It: Andy when describing Shovel Knight's "Butt Mode" in this video.
- Green-Eyed Monster: A running gag in their Red Dead Redemption Let's Plays is that "Horson Welles", John's horse, reacts like a petulant Clingy Jealous Girl whenever he sees John interact with another horse for whatever reason.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: 7 Alien Races That Look Like Beautiful Human Women by Amazing Coincidence.
- Griefer: Mike ends up doing this to Andy when the team try out the "Ghost" multiplayer mode of Hitman 2 during beta. Both players are assigned to kill a particular target, but their actions in the level affect the other's playthrough. Andy, of course, tries to stealth his way through the kills as he normally does when playing the game. Unfortunately for him, Mike is his usual reckless and uncaring self and ends up following Andy around causing chaos and carelessly killing the target before Andy can set up an unnoticed kill. You practically feel Andy's rage radiating from the screen.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: Topic of quite a few videos, but 7 Terrible Hiding Places You Somehow Got Away With stands out as that deals with guards being particularly clueless to various hiding places, such as massive wardrobes (Hitman), Moving Barrels (Wind Waker), Hay (Assassins Creed), The Infamous "Box Trick" (Metal Gear Solid), and gigantic conveniently-placed crates (Hitman, again).
- Hilarious Outtakes: Show of the Weekend has a section featuring outtakes from both channels' videos. Show of the Week does it at the end of every year.
- Hiroshima as a Unit of Measure: The "6 Games That Are Better If You Just Never Finish Them" measures the ending of one of the games described in units of the death of Mufasa.
- Hollywood Nerd: Jane qualifies with her CV which includes a masters degree in physics and astronaut training with the European Space Agency.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The presenters of Xtra, Luke and Ellen, as lampshaded on both channels note . Played for Laughs when Ellen angrily leaves after some comments to make some tea, only to realize tea bags were on the top shelf. Their attempt to form a Yooka-Laylee-style team-up also proved shortlived when Luke realised that in practice it was just Ellen using him to reach things down from high shelves.
- Hurricane of Puns:
- The vast majority of list episodes subtitle each fresh entry with some kind of pun.
- When Mike and Ellen play the Battlefront Rogue One DLC, nearly everything either of them says between the first appearance of Jyn Erso and the end of the mission is some kind of gin pun.
- Any number of list episodes feature someone unleashing a barrage of puns while someone (usually but not exclusively Andy) boos them from offscreen. At one point a time-traveling Andy came back in time to boo one of Andy's own puns.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: During their Grand Theft Auto V heists, the team would often be joined by a player named Nerascus whom they've dubbed as their "intern". More often than not, the intern would perform better than the team, getting them out of tricky situations, and receiving a higher score.
- Hypocritical Humor: 7 Health and Safety Nightmares Down To Insanely Negligent Workplace Design has Andy talk about bad workplace design while uncovering some... questionable things about the Outside Xbox office including a microwave that is more dangerous than Aperture Science's testingnote , an annual "Bring Your Alligator To Work Day"note , a "Laser Death Grid"note , the anthrax in the kitchennote , and the weekly fire drillnote .
- I Ate WHAT?!: Played for Laughs. Jane accidentally eats all of the anti-scorpion venom pills prescribed to Andy.
- If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: Andy's sole concern about Luke being lost in time is whether he can have Luke's shoes.
- I'm a Humanitarian:
- Done accidentally when Jane and Andy played Sheltered. One of their bunkermates, Martha, dies and Jane selects "Harvest" the corpse without realizing what that doesnote . They get over it pretty quickly, and are honestly surprised it took them that long to resort to cannibalism.Andy: Come and have some delicious Martha meat.
- In Cities: Skylines, this is invoked when Mike is granted naming rights to a crematorium. He calls it Mike's Grill.Mike: I would advise anyone not to eat anything in the staff canteen.
- Done accidentally when Jane and Andy played Sheltered. One of their bunkermates, Martha, dies and Jane selects "Harvest" the corpse without realizing what that doesnote . They get over it pretty quickly, and are honestly surprised it took them that long to resort to cannibalism.
- Implausible Deniability: In the Show of the Week covering Batman: Return to Arkham, Mike mentions that he's been brushing up on his batarang skills. Jane then reveals that the neighbour's window was mysteriously found broken, with a batarang among the wreckage. Mike denies that he knows anything about that, and when pressed by Jane proceeds to deny that he knows what a batarang even is, and then to deny that he knows anybody named Mike.
- In their livestreams, when Luke finishes Dark Souls I, he starts New Game+ and insists that it's a no-damage run, no matter how much damage he actually takes. At one point Luke and Johnny are insisting it's going fine while arrows are clearly sticking out of Luke's character's shoulder.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: When playing Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall, Mike decides to assassinate the target by shooting him with a pistol from across the square. He succeeds.
- Improv: Show of the Weekend on Outside Xtra is almost always twice as long as Show of the Week on the main Outside Xbox channel due to both Luke and Ellen taking more liberties with the script....and lots of tangents. Show of the Week has some improv, but is by and large far more scripted. This changed in early 2019 as Show of the Week's comments sections are very lengthy and unscripted now, bringing Show of the Week up to similar length of Show of the Weekend. It's still applicable to the earlier Shows of the Week.
- Indy Ploy: In contrast to Andy's meticulous, silent approach and Mike's "Kill Them All" style, Jane handles stealth games by approaching the targets and making up her plans as she goes along.
- Ink-Suit Actor:
- The presenters' Grand Theft Auto Online characters are designed to look as much as themselves as possible.
- In general, Jane tries to make most of her characters look as much like her as possible whenever their appearances are customizable. Averted whenever Mike & Andy are making a custom character for a wrestling or MMA game, where they inevitably try to abuse the character creator to make the most disturbing, distorted, or absurd character they can.
- Ironic Echo Cut: In the video where the Oxbox crew try out the Sea of Thieves chicken hunt quest, they notice Chicken Isle on the map and decide it might be a good place to look for chickens.Jane: There better be damn chickens on Chicken Isle, it's not just a name.
Caption: SOME SAILING LATER
Andy: So you're telling me there's no chickens on Chicken Island.
- Ironic Name: Not in the game itself, but in the team's playthrough of the Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus DLC "Diaries of Agent Silent Death", the titular agent's codename is rendered unbelievably ironic. Mainly due to Andy's tendency to run through the levels firing a machine gun while screaming "SILENT DEAAAAAAAATH" at all the Germans.
- Kick the Dog: In the Fallout 4: 8 Little Ways We've Been Evil in Fallout 4 So Far, Jane details the various ways she's engaged in wicked deeds in Fallout 4, up to and including shooting Dogmeat.
- Then there's their video on what they've done in the name of achievements.
- Kill Sat
- Apparently Jane wants one to write her initials on the Moon.
- In the 2018 GTA Heists, Mike acquires an Orbital laser. It costs half a million dollars to fire, plus an extra 25000 dollars if you want it to be automatically targeted. Mike uses it to obliterate a player that had been harassing and repeatedly killing Andy. This prompts the other player to respond by bringing a fighter jet and interfering with the Ox Crew's heist by blowing them up over and over again.
- Lame Comeback: When Mike compares the colour of Andy's chosen plane to an ambulance in one Christmas challenge video:Andy: Well, it's also the colour of...something good...shut up.
- Lame Pun Reaction: Andy is prone to yelling "BOOOOO" from offscreen in response to a bad pun when it's his turn to be the "designated offscreen yeller".
- Laser Sight: Discussed when talking about Sniper Luigi from Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Luke is worried that his previous insults to Luigi will cause him to seek revenge. Ellen brushes it off until she sees a laser sight trained on Luke's head. As it turns out, it was just Andy.Andy: Where's Luke, I wanted to show him this new cat toy.
Ellen: Oh, he's just cowering in fear.
Andy: Oh well, more cat toy for us. [shines the light] Go get it!
Ellen: [dashes after the light like a cat]
Andy: Awww, she's having fun.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others:
- The spoiler list, which lists game titles that may be spoiled, for "8 Times a Game Over was More Fun than Winning: Commenter Edition" lists The Great Gatsby at the end. No, it was not the licensed game, but the novel itself, with a couple excerpts read during a part of an entry. Justified, as an except may have spoiled the novel, and it is listed out of courtesy.
- Similarly, the spoiler list for "6 Games That Are Better If You Just Never Finish Them" ends with The Lion King, and this turns out to mean the film, not any of the games, and be because at one point the death of Mufasa is used as a unit of measure to illustrate how heartbreaking one game's ending is.
- The spoiler list for "6 Weirdos Who Challenged You To a Race (And Then Cheated Ridiculously)" lists the film Titanic (1997) as the last item of the spoiler list, as Luke compares one of the subjects of the list to Leonardo DiCaprio's character from the film.
- Lethal Joke Item: The topic of 7 Joke Weapons That Were Surprisingly Effective. The list includes a water pistol being in Metal Gear Solid V to take down a literal fiery boss battle with ease, Dead Rising 2 and its toy ping pong ball shooter and its unique gamecode quirk of the shots counting as a throwable object, not a bullet (making a particular helicopter boss hilariously easy), and the Money Bundle from PAYDAY 2, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin ...a money bundle. It's effectiveness is mentioned because of it's Stun Lock properties, which are among the highest in the game, meaning the police can't fire back so long as you keep hitting them.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Discussed in the 12 April, 2019 Show of the Week episode, in which Andy and Jane were talking about comments from their Red Shirt video, and one of the people on that video was L. Jenkins from Mass Effect 2. A commenter picked up on the supposed reference, and it had transpired Andy knew very little about the trope, and only its Memetic Mutation. Jane swiftly explains the general trope to Andy, even showing footage of the incident.
- Line-of-Sight Name: In Show of the Weekend: Nier Automata and the Vase of Mescutio, Ellen has to ad-lib a story about a coffee cup. At one point, she comes up with the "Dark Wizard Andy" while Andy is just off-screen.
- The Load: Exo Nebula, the "intern" who assisted the gang on some of their Grand Theft Auto Online heists proved to be more of a hindrance than a help and the trio had to actively take measures to make sure he wouldn't cause a mission failure. Mike even called the player a "Soft Lad" in frustration.
- Look Both Ways: Whenever the Outsidexbox crew plays Grand Theft Auto Online, they have a particular habit of being run over when crossing the road. Whether it's by each other, other players, or NPCs. An infamous example is when Andy gets knocked by a truck into the path of another car which pins him against a van which then properly runs over him followed by the second car.
- Lovable Coward:
- Andy doesn't really do well with horror games. Naturally he's always the one with the controller when the team plays them.
- Ellen is even worse. There are two videos specifically about how scary she finds something.
- Mad Bomber: When playing Hitman (2016), Mike tends to default to the most pyrotechnical option.
- Mad Libs Catchphrase: Show of the Week's viewer mail segment is introduced by one of the hosts announcing that it's time to look at the comments viewers have made on Youtube, on Twitter, or [elaborate and impractical alternative method of communication].
- Mad Scientist: Jane is the most scientifically educated of the team, and is repeatedly indicated to have a slightly more than usual enthusiasm for world domination. That said, most of her actual experiments consist of dicking around with her teammates and/or videogame NPCs.
- Luke slips into this when testing whether VR made Resident Evil 7 scarier. When someone introduces you to "Dr Luke's Horrortorium", it's probably time to leave.
- Magic Antidote: Jane poisons Andy at one point, promising him the antidote later. When asked where he wants to go for lunch following the show's Running Gag, Andy asks if the new Chinese place down the street makes antidote.
- In one "Show of the Weekend" episode, Jane also has a magical elixir that cures with one drop but brings the living death with two. Once Luke turns it down, she chugs it straight from the bottle.
- Major Injury Underreaction: In the stinger of one Show of the Week, Andy is murdered off camera by an Ax-Crazy Jane with a nail gun. This is represented by his voice being heard calmly remarking "Argh, nails."
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- Meta Guy: The subject of7 Times a Game Was So Meta It Freaked You Out.
- Mistaken Identity: There's actually two Jane Douglass's in the past: A brothel keeper in mid 17th century London and a Scottish noblewoman. This is addressed in a Show of the Week episode where Jane corrects an Amazon Echo to say that Jane isn't a vampire and has a perfectly normal human lifespan.
- Moving the Goalposts: The topic of 7 Times You Thought You Were Done But You Were Just Getting Started, to the point where Andy says the trope name verbatim in the intro.
- Never Live It Down: Invoked: whenever Batman: Arkham City comes up, expect a reminder of how Jane once left Batman to die when playing as Catwoman.Jane: Just to see what would happen!
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The subject of the "7 Times You Thought You Were Helping, But Doomed Everyone." They also remark that the subtitle of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings was actually the title of their video, given how many times Geralt did precisely that.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The subject of the "Villains Who Saved the World By Accident" video.
- No Animals Were Harmed:
- A video about fake-out endings features a fake credits roll partway through ending with "No animals were harmed in the making of this video except that one marmoset."
- A later Show of the Week returning to the topic also has a fake credits roll partway through, this one ending with "No animals were harmed in the making of this programme, except that one bad cat who totally had it coming, don't believe his lies."
- No Sympathy:
- Played for laughs. When playing Grand Theft Auto Online, Jane scolds Andy for getting shot.Andy: What's wrong with us is that we're not invulnerable to bullets and the bullets went into us and made holes into us...
Jane: Yeah, I'm hearing a lot of excuses, Andy, not a lot of solutions.
- When Andy gets his superhero cape stuck in passing cars, Jane would rather pose for selfies.
- Played for laughs. When playing Grand Theft Auto Online, Jane scolds Andy for getting shot.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: In the 7 Alien Races That Look Like Beautiful Human Women by Amazing Coincidence video, Mike describes the Orions and adds "This isn't some fanfic written by a horny 13-year old, this is the real thing".
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Played with. While Jane can rattle off random science facts not covered by her master's in physics, she's often at a lost whenever Mike asks him something unrelated.
- While playing Kerbal Space Program, after Mike's disastrous attempt:Mike: Go on then, Jane. With your degree in theoretical physics...
Jane: It's got nothing to do with that; I just did the tutorial!
- While playing Kerbal Space Program, after Mike's disastrous attempt:
- One Head Taller: Not in a romantic sense, but there is a very noticeable height difference between Luke and Ellen, which tends to crop up in their videos.
- Oop North: Ellen is tasked with coming up with voices for normally unvoiced animal characters in video games. When she reaches Senu, the hawk, Andy immediately interrupts and gives her this kind of accent. Ellen and Luke can barely control themselves.
- Organ Autonomy: "Eight Platforming Heroes Who Never Escaped the '90s" introduces a new Oxtra mascot, Mr. Wavy (a glove with googly eyes, worn by Ellen). It ends poorly.
- Orphaned Series: The Shenmue II Let's Play. Turns out the save got corrupted.
- Our Lawyers Advised This Trope:
- During a video about the most untrustworthy people in video games, Mike remarks that he is so trustworthy, you can feel free to leave your bank details in the comments section of the video. Next on screen is the phrase "Do not give Mike Channell your bank details."
- During a video describing the worst gaming peripherals to ever hit the market, Jane remarks that if she wanted to get electrocuted, she could stick a fork in a toaster and not spend 99 pounds to do it. The bottom of the screen displays: "Do not stick a fork in a toaster."
- When Andy and Jane attempted to recreate a cocktail from a recipe they read in Dishonored 2note , they read "ice, a handful, and nutmeg, fresh" as "a handful of nutmeg." A disclaimer at the bottom of the video claims "Spoiler: This is a dangerous amount of nutmeg. Like seriously, a dangerous amount. Do not eat this much nutmeg ever."
- Overly Narrow Superlative: Andy describes Parappa The Rapper as "definitely in my Top 3 Games About A Rapping Dog Of All Time".
- Palette Swap: Invoked by Mike when Jane asks him to tag in his partner for Tekken Tag Tournament 2. He leaves the camera, and returns in a new T-shirt, declaring himself to be a palette-swapped character.
- Paper-Thin Disguise:
- In the Show of the Week for Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Andy mocks the disguise of "Violet" as obviously being Lee. Mike then shows up at the end of the show wearing a green wig calling himself "Verdent."
- The "Eight Disguises That Aren't Fooling Anyone" video features several examples of video games using this trope. It's presented by "Leonardo Micstand (a person you've never seen before)", who is obviously Andy hiding behind a wig, a false nose, and a Line-of-Sight Name — at least until the end of the video, when the real Andy shows up and chases him away.
- Perfectly Cromulent Word: In one video, Ellen claims that she only started her career as a Youtuber due to a typo, and that actually all her training was as a yewcuber, which she explains is a person who cuts yew trees into wooden cubes.
- Person as Verb:
- To "Ellen"note someone is to ask them a multiple choice question where the correct answer is not given as one of the choices.
- To "Mike" is to undertake a stealth or otherwise non-action game with as much violence or action as possible. Going "Full Mike" means to approach a stealth mission in a manner with all the subtlety of a full-on gunship assault and with only slightly lower round count.
- They appear to have started using "John Marston-ing" to describe the act of exploiting someone's desire to find/acquire something or someone else by promising you'll help them do if they just complete your (often increasingly pointless or unpleasant) busywork for you.
- Playful Otter: The "please stand by" caption page for the Outside Xtra livestreams feature pictures of a couple of friendly-looking otters."Patience is a virtue", they seem to say.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner:
- Andy drops one during the Assault on Fort Mercer in Red Dead Redemption.Andy: [while on a Gatling gun] Do you suffer from lead deficiency? Allow me to...sort that out for you.
- Luke drops one in Xtra's second episode of the Kingdom of Amalur Let's Play.Luke: All right brownies, Welcome to Hell. Population: you.
- Andy drops one during the Assault on Fort Mercer in Red Dead Redemption.
- Precision F-Strike: During a Let's Play of Alien: IsolationJane: Come on, this is for science, Mike.
Mike: [Sound-Effect Bleep] Science!
- Product Placement:
- Some videos about new games have "Sponsored Content" in the title.
- Jane's astronaut training wasn't explicitly part of the promotional effort for Mass Effect: Andromeda, but the "Andromeda Initiative" patches on everyone's jumpsuits were a bit of a giveaway.
- Discussed in the "7 Awkward Product Placements That Put You Off Said Product, Probably" video, discussing placements gone bad. They parody this by offering a strange product called Wondergel that tastes like cinnamon. They say it does everything, but it kills the plants and Andy faints when drinking it.
- Punny Name:
- In their Red Dead Redemption Let's Plays, they refer to the protagonist's mount as "Horse-on Welles".
- The Poogie that roams around the hub level in Monster Hunter: World gets named Piggie Stardust in Oxtra's first Let's Play of the game, and subsequently renamed whenever the audience makes a suggestion Luke particularly likes, becoming John Ham and then Albert Einswine.
- A friendly dog in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild gets dubbed "Pawdon Ramsay".
- Quintessential British Gentleman: Luke has the personality down pat.
- When noticing a jumbo jet sliding towards him (and later, when Mike mentions finding unexploded World War II ordnance while digging in his garden), Luke could only muster "This could be a problem."
- When playing Soul Calibur VI at a preview event with Andy, he manages to get shoved out of the ring. His response: "I strongly dislike what happened just now." He then remarks he will send a sternly worded letter, and if that doesn't work, he'll try disdainful tutting.
- Rant-Inducing Slight: Andy has taken to ranting over the spoiler scroll in some 2019 videos he intros.
- A Rare Sentence: Andy had never heard the phrase "Jacuzzi emergency landing" prior to this video, while Mike had never used the phrase "maybe Brooker will have turned around and I'll have a clear shot at the testicles" prior to this one.
- Reality Ensues: When one comment suggests Luke steal Ellen's copy of Kingdoms of Amalur in retaliation for her killing a flamingo in Assassin's Creed: Origins, he implies that he has already done just that as Ellen acts panicked... before pointing out that she would be mildly annoyed at best because she could just buy a new copy.
- Red Shirt / Red Shirt Army: The subject of 7 Redshirts Who Never Stood a Chance in Space
- Relax-o-Vision: During the live let's-play of Friday the 13th: The Game's single-player challenge mode, Andy, Jane and Mike find the Death by Sex cutscene in the "Packanack Party" level so disturbing on multiple levels that when they fail the level and have to retry, they cut the game feed during the cutscene and just show their horrified reactions (and Jane attempting to hum a relaxing tune). Not an entirely straight example, because the audience does get to see the full horror the first time around.
- Running Gag:
Person On-Screen:note [Makes an Incredibly Lame Pun]
- Almost every "Show of the Week" video ends with two of the cast-members deciding to go for lunch, only for something (of varying degrees of surreality) to intervene and prevent them from doing so.
- While not as prevalent, there's an ongoing joke about the team's pronunciation of the word 'beta'note whenever an upcoming game's open beta starts.
- Ellen's Outside Xbox fanfiction gets mentioned quite frequently.
- Whenever Andy goes outside the studio, he always ends up going insane.
- The typical Lame Pun Reaction goes something like this:
Person Off-Screen:note BOOOOOOO!
Person On-Screen: [Responds, usually either by smirking, doubling down on the pun or protesting]
Person Off-Screen: Boo.
- Whenever someone mentions having an agent, it will always be Andy with a new piece accessory and some ridiculous name (usually Bud Fensler).
- Any video involving a Batman game will contain one or more of: jokes about nobody realizing Batman and Bruce Wayne are the same man (usually involving a comment about them clearly having the same chin); lampshading of how badly gameplay stretches Batman's "no killing" rule; Andy rating the Arkham series version of the Riddler as Batman's least effective adversary ever.
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes is always rendered as "Leggle Marvos".
- Ellen in real life quite likes Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, but the presenters of both shows tend to exaggerate this to absurd levels.
- Mike's attempts at stealth in games inevitably devolving into explosions and murder. Both in and of itself and his habit of doing this being mentioned, to the point his name is used as a verb to describe this happening.
- Screaming at Squick: Neither Andy nor Mike takes Who Will Get The Girl? diving into the Uncanny Valley at all well.Mike: MY EYES!
- Self-Deprecation: To wit, this makes a huge portion of their humour. They know they're not skilled players and have no problem lampooning that fact. For example:
- To celebrate reaching one million subscribers, they made a video titled "11 Times We Were Just the Worst at Stealth" which showed highlights of their long history of being bad at being sneaky (mostly Mike or under the advice of Mike).
- At the start of 2016, they looked back at their epic fails in 2015. There were quite a number of them.
- And again for 2017.
- Serial Killer: Andy's version of Agent 47 falls into this during the Colorado mission in Hitman (2016), starting by taking a mannequin arm as a trophy and culminating in completing an assassination while dressed as a scarecrow. In a subsequent mission, he adopts a costume based on Ghostface from Scream.
- Screwed by the Lawyers: The subject of 7 Great Games You Cant Buy Anymore, Because Lawyers crossed with Temporary Online Content. Games include:
- P.T, which was removed from online stores due to the infamous kerfuffle with Hideo Kojima and Konami
- The Deadpool videogame got removed twice from stores, the first time was because the licensing deal between Activision and Marvel ran out a mere 2 months after the game had launched, it got re-released onto stores a few months before (and totally not because of) the Deadpool movie. It's second removal was because... the license ran out. Again.
- Outrun Online Arcade got removed because of the Ferrari license running out
- Scott Pilgrim Vs The World The Game got removed due to the Films's associated studios' licenses running out.
- The Nintendo eshop ports of Tetris got removed due to (allegedly) Ubisoft acquiring the rights to the franchise
- the Addams Family Pinball game got removed due to the license not being renewed
- The Lego: The Hobbit game was going to get a sequel DLC pack to end its film trilogy, but all the games were taken down in January 2019 for unknown reasons.
- Serious Business: Playing Mouse Trap. That is, the 1980s children's board game Mouse Trap.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: The crews' method of explaining all the adult jokes in the "7 Joke We Didn't Get Until Much Later" video and it's inevitable "Commenter Edition" was by explaining the jokes in a roundabout way that, surprisingly, makes none of them use any profanities or naming the actual...acts on camera.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Invoked with "Sniper Luigi", their play on Luigi's role in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle as the sniper, who in their reckoning becomes a traumatised, dead-eyed veteran of an endless war against the Rabbids who knows nothing but cold, remorseless death delivered from a distance.Luke: He doesn't feel anything, not any more. The first 100 times, sure, but not now.
- While discussing the bad ending of Banjo-Kazooie, Luke comments that the rejuvenated Gruntilda looks like Posh Spice and starts throwing out puns based on Spice Girls lyrics.
- During a livestream Q&A, the team is asked how they got together, and Andy claims that Samuel L. Jackson showed up in each of their houses in the middle of the night to recruit them.
- While playing as an ape in Crisis on the Planet of the Apes, Luke tells a human to take her stinking hands off an ape, and sings King Louie's song from The Jungle Book.
- Oxbox actually receive one of these in Hitman 2 in the game's Miami level, where eagle-eyed players can spot a whiteboard that lists Mike, Jane and Andy - and possible Mike's explosive duck too. The whiteboard in question can be seen here
- Single-Issue Wonk: Luke is generally quite laidback and relaxed about things, but he can get very intense on the subject of dinosaurs and the accurate depiction thereof (he's particularly concerned that theropods such as Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor be depicted with the feathers that contemporary science indicates they should have), much to the exasperation of his much-less-concerned-about-accurate-dinosaurs workmates.
- Sound-Effect Bleep:
- During one "Show of the Weekend" episode, they bleep out all of the components in a puzzle in Thimbleweed Park that Andy is explaining, to avoid spoilers.
- Another video has them joke that if they let James speak, they have to pay him more.James: Hey! I-[BLEEEEEP]
Mike: Ha, nice try. We'll just bleep all of that.
James: [longer BLEEEEEEP while Mike and Andy look disturbed]
Andy: Well. We're definitely going to have to bleep that.
- The Stinger: Episodes of "Show of the Week" end with one. Usually two of the hosts attempt to go out for lunch, but fail to for various reasons.
- Stocking Filler: Ellen frequently wears black stockings and a skirt.
- The Stoic:
- Mike has been mentioned to be nearly robotic when it comes to jump scares and other moments in horror games as opposed to frequently-scared Andy or Ellen.
- Luke was this when venturing through a word of weirdness in Far Cry 5's Arcade Edition map, invoking floating clocks, spooky goats, and architecture shaped like tongues.
- Stylistic Suck: Show of the Week has a polished animated opening sequence. Show of the Weekend, on the other hand, has to make do with the title written in black marker on a notepad with Luke (badly) singing along to a ukelele.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:
- Their liveshow at EGX 2017 opened with a voice that is clearly Andy insisting that they "definitely have their own announcer so stop asking".
- The "Eight Disguises That Aren't Fooling Anyone" video is presented by a mysterious person who looks just like Andy wearing a wig and a false nose, who makes several comments along the lines of "That's an even worse disguise than the one that I would be wearing if I were wearing a disguise, which I'm not".
- One episode of Show of the Weekend has Ellen accidentally shoot Andy with a VR aim controller. After hiding his body behind the purple sofa, Luke delivers the opening lyrics of the show with some twists.Luke: Show of the Weekend, everything is cool. Show of the Weekend, we didn't kill Andy.Ellen: Play the thing!note
- After a commenter jokes about Andy playing as if Mike were the one at the controls:Mike: Don't be ridiculous, Andy! How would I even go about constructing a voodoo doll that would allow me to remote control you? I mean, where would I find the scraps of clothing and bits of hair required to complete the ritual?
Andy: ...that's pretty specific.
- Mike's sure that he's never mentioned his love of Dark Souls on the Outside Xtra channel, or the Outside Xbox channel, or just to bored family members over dinner.
- The Swear Jar: OX has jars for referencing Aliens: Colonial Marines, getting "Lost in The Outsider's eyes", making Dark Souls comparisons, and engaging in "Video Game Journalism Cliches" (such as, well, making Dark Souls comparisons).
- Take Over the World: This appears to be Jane's long-term objective. How playing Mass Effect plays into this is left as an exercise for the reader.
- Take That!: Aliens: Colonial Marines is the team's favorite punching bag.
- Tempting Fate:
- If you were to pick any one of their Let's Plays at random, start playing it, and hold your breath, you wouldn't have to wait very long before one of the crew confidently declares how well everything seems to be going mere moments before everything goes completely to pot. Almost guaranteed to happen if the one playing is Mike.
- In the "7 Famous Movie Moments Ruined by the Game Adaptation", Andy cheerfully remarks that since movies and video games are two great things, putting them together should go well, and "what could be the worst that could happen." Immediately, a picture of Aliens: Colonial Marines is displayed.Andy: [indignant] You get that out of here!
- The Tetris Effect:
- At one point, Mike loses the ability to distinguish between reality and Peggle 2.
- Ellen plays so many Lego games that she becomes temporarily convinced she's a minifigure.
- Jane gets so addicted to the balloon hide-and-seek feature of Super Mario Odyssey she steals the balloons at a birthday party. She wasn't sure whose birthday it was, but from the balloons, she thinks they were five years old.
- There's a video on "7 Perception Altering Games" (thumbnail title) or 7 Games You Played so Much You Saw Them Everywhere (text title). The description even ends with "Nooo Tetris, get out of my brain!" and indeed, Tetris is first on the list, with the trope name spoken during its entry.
- That Came Out Wrong: On "Show of the Weekend" for 26 January 2019, Mike and Luke are talking about decluttering, and the idea that one should get rid of everythat does not "spark joy." Mike is not keen.Mike: Every single bit of my junk sparks joy.
- Then he remembers the slang meaning of "junk."
- That's All, Folks!: List features end with this. One of the hosts thanks the viewer for watching, encourages them to like the video and subscribe to the channel, and then rambles to encourage the viewer to watch more videos.
- Tinfoil Hat: When Super Mario Odyssey was released, Luke covers his hat in tinfoil to prevent Mario from possessing himnote . Ellen thinks he is paranoid, but then a Mario-hat wearing Andy comes over, talking like Mario and asks which one of them would like to give him their brain. Ellen immediately steals the hat from Luke's head.
- Token Evil Teammate: Jane.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Luke's The Evil Within 2-inspired choose-your-own-adventure "labyrinth of unhappiness" ends with the surprise revelation that Ellen was playing as "Milk Penguin", a white-fluid covered bird that appears in the trailer (and which Luke insists is a penguin, despite everyone else telling him it's a crow). When Ellen reacts with indignant incredulity to this revelation, a montage of clips is shown that demonstrate that the revelation actually was foreshadowed quite carefully throughout the storynote .
- Trademark Favorite Food:
- Jane's libation of choice is gin.
- Luke really likes macaroons. His love of them got him trapped in the office over Christmas.
- More than once, Andy has mentioned a love of barbecue, and said if he ever got magic powers, he would have the power to make perfect barbecue.
- Trap Door:
- Andy had set one up in celebration of the 25th anniversary edition of Night Trap. Instead of catching Jane, he catches James.
- Jane has one that she uses to launch Andy out of a window.
- Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Played for laughs; Andy can get quite competitive whenever the crew are pitted against each other, and can indulge in a bit of gloating if he comes out on top. Such as in "Ellen's Big SNES Decision", when she eventually chooses his suggestion for which game she'd play first on the SNES Mini if she happened to acquire onenote :Andy: YES!!! I am the best at... liking SNES games.
- Verbal Backspace: Jane isn't impressed by the masks in We Happy Few, because she's worn creepier - seen creepier.
- The Voice: James can be heard in the videos every so often. They "revealed" his face in the 2 Million Subscribers video, though he had appeared on camera before- most notably in his own State of Decay Let's Play series.
- Voodoo Doll: In one Show of the Week, Mike makes a voodoo doll of Andy (out of an action figure) so he can remotely control Andy to play a game when he's not able to attend a video session in person. The bit ends with him clumsily dropping the doll, and Andy suffering an Offscreen Crash.
- Waxing Lyrical:
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Ellen often wears shorts over dark tights.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Jane and Ellen are terrified of spiders and arachnids in general. Ellen, in particular, won't even play a game if it features spider enemies and is holding off on playing the console version of Skyrim until she can mod the many many spiders into something she isn't scared of.
- In this video, Jane's entire contribution to the segment about the spider from Limbo is just a stream of "nope" before leaving her seat.
- At one point Xtra got an entire video out of Ellen rating various videogame spiders from "creepy but endurable" to "refusing to look at the screen".
- While discussing Prey (2017) she remarks it was less creepy when four Mimics split up rather than having one, just because the extra legs made it look like a spider.
- And in this video, on learning that the final boss that the video is discussing is the giant spider/scorpion from Devil May Cry Ellen nopes out of there as quickly as possible and has to be replaced by Andy.
- With Catlike Tread:
Mike: (on Hitman (2016), a game that penalizes you every time you kill someone other than the 2-4 targets) Now, unfortunately, I've not been allowed to bring a gun, which is going to make it extremely difficult to kill my usual nineteen people...
- Seems to be Mike's approach to stealth games. Often results in either Spanner in the Works or Leeroy Jenkins.
- Pointing this out has essentially become a Running Gag, both by himself and by everyone else, with even some descriptions calling him such things as a 'whirling tornado of clumsy murder'.
- World of Weirdness: The Show of the Week/End videos have essentially ended up here due to the Rule of Funny. Andy has become a vampire, a sentient planet, and gone insane everytime he leaves the studio; Mike a zombie (both temporarily), and was once raffled off to a fan; the studio has been attacked by aliens and malevolent wigs, and the studio has changed locations to be inside of a volcano, in a secret underwater lair, and in the middle of an Ancient Roman battlefield; and Luke and Ellen used a Pikachu toy with the power of time travel to retroactively attend a Nintendo Switch event.
- Would Hurt a Child: Jane at least would allow a child to get hurt and possibly die (in a video game, that is). In Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter, she's curious to see what happens when Wiggins, one of the Baker Street Irregulars, stays inside a chimney while suffocating and again when he deliberately loses his balance on top of a narrow piece of wood across rooftops.
- You Have Researched Breathing: Subject of the Skills We Can't Believe We Had To Unlock list.
- Your Mom: When Jane finishes a heavily-censored Cluster F-Bomb in "Show of the Week: The Titanfall Drinking Game", she pulls this on Mike:Mike: Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?
Jane: I kiss your mother with this mouth!
The Dungeons and Dragons campaigns contain examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Corazón's dad, Lord Milquetoast, is perfectly fine with having his son killed for embarrassing the family name.Prudence: Corazón, your father's kind of a dick.
Corazón: Yeah, tell me about it! That's why I live as a pirate now.
- Arrow Catch: Egbert pulls off several of these after he rolls a 20 on his saving throw against a trap wall that shoots arrows.
- Audience Participation: The "Wild Wild Woods" saga had Andy ask Johnny what the second largest animal trapped in the cages was, since the largest (a bear) was already freed by Merilwen. Before Johnny can answer, an audience member shouts "FLAMINGO!". However Johnny heard "big goat" and decides to go with that and thus is born Michael the Really Big Goat.
- Author Avatar: Played for laughs; each of the characters shares certain notable similarities with the person who role-plays him or her:
- Merilwen is a huge animal lover with a particular fondness for cats, as Ellen is;
- Prudence is an Ax-Crazy lunatic with a fondness for killing people in creatively horrible ways, in keeping with both Jane's video game play-style (she can be very creatively ruthless) and her Memetic Mutation persona as an evil Mad Scientist type who enjoys coming up with creatively horrible experiments on her co-workers;
- Egbert is a well-meaning but clumsy fellow who's various contributions to proceedings tend to be rather direct, explosive and firey in nature, as Mike's play-throughs of games such as Hitman tend to end up being;
- Corazón is a sneaky roguish pirate who tends to prefer using the stealth route as much as possible, as Andy does in his video game playthroughs and has a fondness for pirates;
- Dob is an amiable type with a musical streak, as is Luke (he plays the "Show of the Weekend" theme). He's also a bard, and tends to draw on stories; many of Luke's quizzes for Ellen on "Show of the Weekend" involve taking her through a "Choose Your Own Adventure" story that he's devised.
- Baleful Polymorph:
- M. Channail's potions in the first session do this; he sells them as a phony cure-all.
- In Plunder Siege, Dob turns a brigand into a goblin by slipping a Tome of Eldritch Lore into said brigand's stew.
- Bears Are Bad News: On leveling up, Merilwen's new animal form turns out to be a massive bear. This comes as rather an unpleasant surprise to both the cultists who discover this trope first hand and Corazón, who is next to Merilwen when she suddenly transforms and freaks out at having a massive violent bear suddenly materialize next to him in place of a wood-elf.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While Dob, Egbert, and Merilwen are mostly kind-hearted people, when push comes to shove, they're capable of fighting as evidenced in their fight with Corazón's former pirate crew.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Not so much in a literal sense (although her relationship with Cthulhu has some echoes of this), but in personality despite being a phenomenonally powerful tiefling warlock Prudence frequently acts with the personality of a stroppy teenager.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Dob offers to use a disguise kit on Corazón, and offers him the choice of Spiderman, a tiger, or a spidertiger.
- Bullying the Dragon: The Oxventurers except Merilwen get very snarky with the wizard Binbag as he only ever appears after they dealt with the situation and doesn't seem to actually do any magic. Then he releases all the locked animals at once.
- Merilwen tends to get picked on by Corazón and Prudence because of her love of nature and animals.
- In the second live show, Alfred the quest giver accompanies the team on the quest, but they mostly forget he's there except when they're making jokes about sending him in first to test for traps.
- Carry a Big Stick: Egbert carries a mace that he prefers to wield like a baseball bat. One time he is able to whack a goblin so hard its head comes off, and the second time, he hits a bomb into the gob of a giant beetle monster.
- Cartoon Bomb: The prop bomb Mike uses is a black sphere with a string fuse coming out the top and BOMB painted on the side.
- Character Derailment: Complained about by Johnny. Alfred the Archaeologist was meant to be a prideful and hyperactive academic but the Oxventurers ended up making him more like an infant.
- Church Militant: Even by the standards of paladins, Egbert; apparently his entire religious order is based very heavily around making things explode. This, naturally, results in tension with the "shushy" silence-worshipping Order of Keep It Down.
- Comically Missing the Point: Merilwen notices something unsettling about the forest they've chosen to picnic in. Her fellow Oxventurers are somewhat less perceptive.Merilwen: I think there's something terribly horribly wrong, guys.
Corazón: Oh my God, she's right. There's no cheese for the sandwiches!
Egbert: No one's cut the crusts off mine!
Prudence: This potato salad has pineapple in it!
- Compelling Voice:
Egbert: I'm gonna command [the retreating enemies] all to vomit.
- Merilwen can command animals (and speak with them using a class feature). She often uses this ability for violence.
- Prudence, as a tiefling, knows the thaumaturgy cantrip, which gives her a Voice of the Legion (and glowing eyes, to boot) terrifying enough to usually scare people into doing what she asks.
- Egbert can command people to do what he wants. He uses this ability in both helpful ways (Making a guard shout in "Quiet Riot!" and break the rules of his own religion) and ways that are just...well, bizarre.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: The Oxventurers are quite good at inflicting these. It's accidental about half the time (except for Prudence).
- Subverted with the pirates, since they are cursed to come back to life in two years, but they were defeated quite messily. To wit, Prudence horribly disembowels one after blasting him twice with Eldritch Blast, one was eaten by sharksnote and another molested by a squid ordered by Merilwen, Dob electrocutes two and then juliennes another one, and Egbert burned two with his dragon breath.
- The goblins from Wild Wild Woods don't fare any better. They are: Struck with an Eldritch Blast and exploded; skewered through the eye by Corazón; a tied-up and bound goblin was executed by Prudence as an interrogation tactic; another group was lit on fire by Egbert and then shocked to death by Dob; one was mauled by a bear; then Egbert strikes the last one so hard with his mace the goblin is instantly decapitated.
- The unfortunate silence cultists who investigate the noise the Oxventurers make inside the church in "Quiet Riot!". Thanks to a grease-slippery floor and a cantrip involving magic spikes, they end up being what can only be described as minced.
- The enemies fought in "Plunder Siege" mostly die before they can even get a shot off, but M. Channail gets the worst of it: Dob curses him to laugh uncontrollably with Hideous Laughter, Prudence adds crying to the mix with a Vicious Mockery, and Egbert incinerates him via divine smite and fire breath.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The Oxventurers generally prefer to think their way out of conflicts (see Off the Rails). But when they actually do fight anyone, it tends to be over within a round or two. This is due to a combination of the group's talent for lateral thinking, the fact that Johnny's NPCs have generally had bad luck with dice rolls (the pirates at the boathouse in A Spot of Bother had it so bad that Johnny decided they were all drunk), and the fact that the group has a fondness for Area of Effect attacks. Johnny tends to get caught a bit flat-footed by how quickly the foes get dispatched.
- Dark and Troubled Past: None of the Oxventurers had what you would call a happy life. Dob's parents weren't around so he was left to be raised by her sister who then disappeared after she went to look for help when Dob contracted rabies. Prudence was a foundling child who ended up being adopted by a warlock and was exposed to Fantastic Racism as a teenager. Corazón's childhood is sparse on details but evidently his dad was a bit of a dick. Merilwen bonded and subsequently outlived a cat. Egbert is implied to have a rough life before he joined a Paladin order.
- Deadpan Snarker: The fact that the Oxventurers Guild is composed of some very sarcastic members has been noted by several NPCs.
- Did Not Think This Through: The characters tend to have a bit of a blind-spot in thinking through the consequences of their actions. To the extend that the motto of their guild is "Everyone Should Have Thought About Everything".
- Epic Fail:
- In-Universe, Merilwen is considered to have one when she trips every trip wire in a trapped hallway while as a cat.
- Egbert throwing a bomb into the sea also gets him a fair amount of ribbing.
- Escort Mission: Snarked by Luke when Johnny mentions an archaeologist who wants to go with the party to a crypt.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Corazón might be a ruthless pirate, but even he's taken aback by Prudence's bloodthirsty willingness to use Eldritch Blast at every given opportunity.
- Evil Twin: In the second live show, the climactic battle is against an evil duplicate of Dob the bard, the first party member to touch the MacGuffin, who has all the original's stats and abilities, with significantly more hit points.
- Face Palm: Corazón's hands seem permanently glued to his face during their "battle" with the Owlbear.
- Fantastic Racism: Prudence is very touchy about Tiefling racism and stereotyping about demon-women. The fact that she nevertheless lives up to most of these stereotypes is less of a concern to her.
- Feed It a Bomb: In the second live show, Egbert's attempt to deal with the final monster is to force a bomb down its throat. Its belly bulges cartoonishly from the explosion.
- Friend to All Living Things: Merilwen grew up in the woods and has a special connection with animals. Which is something that she rarely misses an opportunity to point out to the others, much to their frustration.
- Friendship Moment: When a goblin injures and mocks Merilwen, Dob urges Egbert to "punch him so hard his head comes off." Egbert is happy to oblige (with the added flourish of swinging his mace like a baseball bat to knock the goblin's head from his shoulders) which earns him a hug from Merilwen in thanks for defending her.
- Gentle Giant: Egbert is a very pleasant and cheerful paladin who also happens to be a seven-foot dragon-man with fire breath and a lot of bombs.
- GMPC: In addition to being "literally everyone else in the world", Johnny often sets up and depicts an outside character who tags along with the Oxventurers on their quest, although this character usually doesn't do much outside of being Mr. Exposition and futzing around in the background. Typically, the idea seems to be someone being around to keep the inexperienced (and easily-distracted) Oxventurers on track while simultaneously allowing them to be the focus of the narrative. Some notable examples include:
Johnny: What have you done to my lovely NPC?! He was meant to be, like, the "I know everything about everything, I'm going to study this, oh this is fascinating!" Now he's just a babby!
- The wizard Binbag in "Wild Wild Woods!", who sends the Oxventurers on their quest and keeps popping up every so often to give them advice. Curiously, this ends up inverting the typical complaint about GMPCs, as the Oxventurers get very snarky about how Binbag doesn't seem to do much magic for an all-powerful wizard and keeps conveniently showing up after the Oxventurers have cleaned up all the threats in the vicinity.
- Alfred Strangetide, who hires the Oxventurers in "An Orcward Encounter". He's supposed to be a rather dashing and intelligent (if naive and inexperienced) professional archaeologist, but much to Johnny's mortification once the Oxventurers get ahold of him he's turned into a literal baby. Note that this is not due to some spell, or cosmic retcon, but simply came to be due to the Oxventurers relentlessly being patronizing to the NPC in question, until even Johnny started playing along.
- Flannery, the irritating and incredibly useless mime-jester in "Quiet Riot!" who quickly inspires Corazón's undying loathing.
- Gone Horribly Right: In "Quiet Riot!", the team set a trap for a bunch of cultists involving a slippery floor, and to make things a bit easier Merilwen sets up a cantrip involving spikes to weaken them a bit. Thanks to being unprepared for the nature of the spikes (specifically, that they'd keep on growing) and some unfortunate rolls, several of them end up minced to death — and they're the lucky ones. Even our heroes, no strangers to bloodlust, are utterly horrified (except for Prudence, of course).
- Granola Girl: Merilwen, much to the annoyance of Corazón and Prudence in particular.
- Greed: Corazón likes to steal. A lot. He's even happy when he steals a goblin's rotten squirrel lunch.
- Guile Hero: Merilwen tends to use her wits more often than the other characters. In particular, she tricks a shady shopkeep selling a "cure-all" that polymorphs people into animals by feigning to drink it than invoking her Wild Shape to turn into a cat, so his operation would be exposed without her coming to harm.
- Hero with an F in Good: Poor Egbert. He's not going to find much atonement adventuring with Prudence and Corazón.Egbert: I feel like I lose atonement points every time [Prudence killing someone with Eldritch Blast] happens.
- Aside from Prudence, the Oxventurers in general suffer from this; they mean well and usually try to do the right or heroic thing, but their adventures tend to collate a massive body count nevertheless.
- Hurricane of Puns: After Merilwen turns into a bear, the group proceeds to indulge in this. Ellen starts out enjoying them but grows sick of them when they interrupt her, much to the group's surprise.Johnny: Bearilwen.
Andy: Why the big paws?
Luke: You're giving me claws for concern.
Johnny: We're all feeling pretty impatient; we just gotta grin and bear it.
Andy: It's ursine of the times.
Johnny: Sorry, feeling a bit grizzly.
Andy: That was a real Kodiak moment.
- I'm Standing Right Here: The Oxventurers (particularly Corazón) tend to discuss backstabbing, stealing from or otherwise screwing over the NPCs they encounter while forgetting that the NPCs are standing in close hearing range.
- In Harmony with Nature: Merilwen lives like this. While there are several bits of fanart that claim she is a vegan, Merilwen mentions in her backstory that she does eat meat, although she never takes more than she needs and does not waste any of it. She also tries, and fails, to convince the others of the merits of this.
- Kick the Dog: Prudence summarily executes a bound goblin just to scare his squadmate into talking.
- Killed Off for Real: M. Channail gets incinerated at the end of Plunder Siege.
- Killed Offscreen: When approached by Binbag after defeating M.Channail's mechanical beetle, the wizard remarks that the bear who talked like Zippy was killed by the only thing deadlier than a bear: Two bears on top of each other.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
- During the "Wild, Wild Woods" live show, Johnny describes what Merilwen's elf ears hear:There's lots of strange noise in this forest. Sometimes it sounds like there are large metal carriages going overhead roughly every five minutes or so.note Sometimes it sounds like there are voices laughing or whooping or cheering.
- The quest-giver in the "Wild, Wild Woods" live show implores the party to "go forth, and do it swiftly, in the interests of Time". In-universe, he means that their quest will serve Time by preserving a place that will play an important role in History; in real life, it's a reference to the fact that the live show, unlike a normal session, has to be done within two hours.
- At the beginning of the 2018 EGX Rezzed live show, Johnny mentions that the tavern they're in has a large sign on the wall saying "EGX Rezzed", which is presumed to be the name of the tavern owner, and is full of enthusiastic people (the crowd cheers).
- Johnny's description of the utterly silent town in "Quiet Riot!" keeps being interrupted by what sounds like some fire engines passing outside, prompting him to concede that the silence is broken by "the occasional siren".
- Towards the end of the EGX 2018 live show, the announcer warns everyone that EGX will be closing soon. Said announcer is immediately identified as Cthulhu.
- During the "Wild, Wild Woods" live show, Johnny describes what Merilwen's elf ears hear:
- Lost in Character: The team can find themselves dealing with this in a meta-sense. In one example, in "Quiet Riot!" the characters find themselves in a town suffering from an enforced vow of silence, prompting the group and Johnny to start whispering everything they say and do, even when they're discussing character actions. When Jane consequently says something in a normal tone of voice, everyone reacts as if there actually is some kind of enforced silence going on, to which she (slightly impatiently) responds that it can be taken as granted that her character is whispering, but Jane herself feels no need to do so as an actual person. Everyone consequently acknowledges that this is a more practical approach to take (though they do start slipping back into it later in the episode).
- Mercy Kill: Prudence invokes this by saying she will mercy kill a pirate who is "not dead, but probably wants to" since he was reduced to one hit point by two Eldritch Blasts. But both she, and Johnny, know that Prudence doesn't know the meaning of the word.
- Narration Echo:
- Johnny: Merilwen, you immediately sense that something is terribly, horribly wrong.
Merilwen: I think there's something terribly, horribly wrong, guys.
- After Luke declares that his character, Dob the half-orc, is going to lick a piece of evidence:Johnny: It tastes like... [pauses for thought]
Dob: Guys, it tastes like... [Luke gestures "go on"]
Dob: It tastes like grease.
Johnny: And wood smoke...
Dob: Wood smoke...
Dob: And wait, there's something else.
Dob: And — sorry, what?
Dob: And metal as well.
- Johnny: You are pretty certain that there are no traps in this room.
Corazón: Guys, I'm pretty certain there's no traps in this room.
- Johnny: (after Andy fails a perception check) They thieves, they bad men.
Corazón: Guys, guys, guys! They thieves, they bad men.
- Never Live It Down:
- Merilwen the friend-to-all-animals elf druid has never forgiven Corazón for kicking a chicken in the first episode, and brings it up at every opportunity.
- Similarly, no one has exactly forgotten that Dob had nearly electrocuted Merilwen in a Thunderwave. It has gotten to a point where Corazón sells tunics that say "Don't be a Dob".
- Nightmare Fetishist: Prudence, naturally.
- Noob: The team freely acknowledge (and derive much Self-Deprecation from) the fact that they are clearly inexperienced at Dungeons & Dragons in general terms, and the sessions tend to be played more for their entertainment value than for a strict adherence to the rules and gameplay. This is lampshaded in the first session when Johnny, noting that despite his experience with tabletop roleplay gaming in general he hasn't played much D&D specifically, asks any hardcore D&D players in the audience to "be kind" with respect to his DMing:Luke: Johnny, you're not going to be the one annoying the hardcore D&D fans.
Andy: That's fair to say.
Jane: [Miming throwing a handful of dice in the air] Dice! Weee! Dice!
Andy: Have you seen these dice? They've got so many sides!
Luke: [Picking up a dice at random] I think I'll stick to the six-sided ones...
Johnny: You're holding a d12.
[Everyone cracks up]
- No-Sell: Dob's Thunderwave allows a saving throw to completely ignore the effects. Merilwen does it during the Wild Wild Woods event, and both Dob and Merilwen do it again during the Orcward Encounter event.
- Obviously Evil: Jane's Dungeons & Dragons character, Prudence, is a Tiefling warlock with rust red skin who made a pact with Cthulhu. Her team views this as an advantage because they know at least she isn't trustworthy.
- Off the Rails: Something of a Running Gag in the games, especially when it comes to boss battles. On multiple occasions, Johnny has admitted that he had planned an epic battle royale against the villain for the Oxventurers to have to struggle against, only for the Oxventurers to inadvertently derail his plans and end up winning easily by coming up with an approach he didn't anticipate:
Johnny: It's almost like this party just has form in annihilating bosses.
- In the first game, a combination of the Oxventurers' unexpected skill at stealth, coupled with Johnny's in-hindsight poorly-planned decision to make the bad guy a gnome, lead them to defeat him without really needing to fight.
- In the second, the boss fight against an entire pirate ship is thwarted when the Oxventurers use a mind-influenced whale to ram the ship, meaning that most of the crew have to deal with stopping the ship from sinking.
- Not quite a derailing, since the fight goes ahead anyway, but a downplayed example occurs in the third game. Johnny's battle for the Oxventurers against a giant mechanical beetle was delivered a curve ball when Mike hit upon the idea of using Egbert's mace to hit one of his bombs into the beetle's mouth. The in-game rules, mechanics and logistics utterly broke Johnny's brain until he eventually gave up and ordered Mike to beat a twenty-roll to allow it... which Mike did.
- In more of a character-derailing moment, in the fourth game Johnny expresses frustration that the Oxventurers take his NPC, who was supposed to be an erudite intellectual archaeologist, and gleefully turn him into a petulant baby.
- When Johnny set them up against an Owlbear, Merilwen was able to use Speak with Animals to calm it down and convince it to leave peacefully before the fight even started.
- Off with His Head!: Egbert clobbers a goblin with his mace so hard, the goblin's head comes off. Corazón attempts to bicycle kick the head, but falls on his face.
- Oh, Crap!: Luke has several during the adventurers:
- When Luke realises that the group had forgot to secure the horse and cart after they let M. Channail run free.
- Then again in the same adventure after Prudence blows up the crypt without warning Channail's guards/workers.
- Luke has an extremely visible "oh crap" moment after attacking a gigantic monster with the Thunderwave spell, when Johnny starts muttering calculations about the monster's size and Luke realizes that Merilwen's attack, in which she leapt onto the monster's head, means she's also within range of the spell.
- In this case, Ellen gets there way before Luke does.
- The Password Is Always "Swordfish": When the team are in a crypt trying to cross a floor where the flagstones are marked with runes and must be stepped on in an order that spells a particular (unknown) word, one of the players starts referring to the "password", and Dob asks if there are the right runes to spell "password1".
- Person as Verb: To be a "Dob" is to recklessly endanger a fellow party member. When Luke protests about this, the audience shouts that it is, indeed, a thing. By the fifth session, it's spread within the in-game world to the point where Corazón apparently has a nifty little side-line selling clothes with the phrase "Don't Be A Dob" embroidered onto them.
- Pet the Dog: By the third session, Prudence is thoughtful enough to tell Merilwen to look away so she won't have to see the results of a particularly gruesome Eldritch Blast.
- That damned Channail!
- Playing with Fire: As a golden dragon-hybrid, Egbert has fire breath that he uses, although he doesn't claim to enjoy it. He also uses bombs.
- The Power of Rock: Dob practices the "vaguely medieval fantasy realm" equivalent thereof in his combat and magical practices.
- Precision F-Strike: Invoked by Prudence when she smites Evil Dob.Prudence: Evil Dob, you son of a bitch.
- Railroading: Invoked at times, particularly towards the end of "Plunder Siege!", when Prudence licking a grimoire somehow activates a secret passageway that takes the Oxventurers to the final confrontation straight away. Justified in this particular case as it was a live event and the venue was closing, meaning the group had to get to the final confrontation sharpish. Justified in general as the group are inexperienced at D&D and prone to tangents and distractions, meaning that Johnny has to keep them on track somehow. They're also recording the D&D campaigns for a live and/or online audience rather than just playing them purely for their own amusement, meaning that too many tangents and narratives that don't go anywhere could cause the audience to switch off.
- Reality Ensues: Invoked by an audience member during the "Wild Wild Woods" live event. When Dob fires off a Thunderwave to attack the giant mechanical stag beetle, forgetting that Merilwen is on the creature, he tries to play it off as the monster being big enough that should could avoid it. However, the audience member shouts that since the creature is made of metal, the metal would conduct and Merilwen would be hit regardless.
- Rule of Cool: Invoked by Johnny with regards to Merilwen and her cat-shapeshifting abilities; in the first episode he admits that according to the rules she shouldn't actually be able to cast that kind of spell as such a low level character, but he decided to allow it because it'd make the game more fun.
- Running Gag:
- Lots of references to the Vengabus. In general, Dob's catalogue of ballads seems to contain a surprising amount of electropop.
- Dob nearly always ends up overly attached to the NPC companion accompanying the team on their latest adventure.
- Eldritch Blast! Eldritch Blast!
- "Crit! Crit! Crit! Crit! Crit!" (at any time someone rolls the maximum, whether or not it's actually a critical hit)
- Self-Deprecation: Ellen's reflection after the "Orc-ward Adventure"Commenter: Johnny: The DM everyone wants, but no one deserves.Ellen: Hey, we're deserve...oh wait, we don't.
- Shaped Like Itself: The pub in Tanner's Folly is described as "pubby".
- A running joke is Luke, as Dob the bard, throwing in pop culture references casually handwaved as in-universe legends or ballads.
- The second live show, in which the team are recruited by an archaeologist to help recover a magical chalice, features multiple shout-outs to the Indiana Jones franchise in general and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in particular, both from the GM and from the players.
- Unintentionally. When Johnny remarks that the boss of the animals in the forest is a giant mechanical stag beetle, Mike immediately assumes it's one to Wild Wild West.Egbert: [after the beetle is defeated] Is Kenneth Branagh inside?
Johnny: Everyone, I'm so sorry, I didn't see this coming.
- During the "Wild Wild Woods" segment, Merilwen decides she's going to talk to a bear with her Speak with Animals ability. Johnny tries to think how a bear sounds, and Mike tells him to speak like Bungle from Rainbow.note However, Johnny can only remember how Zippy sounds, so he gives the bear Zippy's voice.
- Signature Move: Prudence's is Eldritch Blast. Dob's is Thunderwave. Egbert's is his fire breath.Prudence: [whenever asked what's she's going to do] I warm up the Eldritch Blast!
- Small Name, Big Ego: Corazón is this, according to Andy.Andy: He's basically a stupid pirate who hangs around with druids and dragonborn and thinks he's the coolest of the bunch because he's got a nice hat and coat.
- So Proud of You: Prudence is very proud of all the murdering the group has done in "Quiet Riot!".
- Soapbox Sadie: Merilwen can get very self-righteous when it comes to messing with nature and animals and the like, much to everyone else's frustration.
- Spanner in the Works: Luke and especially Mike tend to troll their teammates by having their characters unexpectedly take actions that the others aren't prepared for or just doing outright foolish things, meaning that everyone has to work around the nonsensical chaos they leave in their wake. Luke, for instance, spent one game trolling Andy by having Dob actively waste and throw away as much of their gold as possible.
- Starter Villain: The villain of the first session, M. Channail the Relatively Poor Druid, thinks he's (and was possibly intended to be) the group's Arch-Enemy, seeking revenge on them for foiling his enterprises in the Spicy Rat Caper and Wild Wild Woods. In Plunder Siege, Prudence begs to differ. The fact that he gets Killed Off for Real a few seconds later cements him as this.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Corazón's introduction to the rest of the team can basically be summed up as him saying "I'm an amazing pirate who doesn't have a mysterious past that will come back to haunt him, stop asking about it."
- Taken A Level In Badass: Its a Dungeons & Dragons campaign, so it happens quite literally.
- Its noted by Johnny at the start of "Quiet Riot!" that he had accidentally neglected to level the party up previously, so they wind up jumping from Level 1 to Level 3 - meaning everyone got to decide on archetypal features for their classes.
- Corazón becomes an Arcane Trickster, gaining access to Enchantment & Illusion magic.
- Dob joined the College of Valor, becoming more proficient in martial combat & being able to inspire his allies in combat. He also gains access to Level-2 spells.
- Egbert takes the Oath of the Ancients, gaining access to more nature themed spells & ability.
- Merilwen joined the Circle of the Moon, allowing her to turn into more powerful animals & do so as a bonus action rather than an action. She also gained her first Level-2 spells.
- Prudence gains a Book of Shadows thanks to her Pact of the Tome, giving her additional cantrips. She also gained her first Eldritch Invocations, and her pact magic increased to Level-2 spells.
- Its noted by Johnny at the start of "Quiet Riot!" that he had accidentally neglected to level the party up previously, so they wind up jumping from Level 1 to Level 3 - meaning everyone got to decide on archetypal features for their classes.
- To the Pain: Prudence gets very descriptive with her Agonising Blast:Prudence: I look at him in the eyes for a brief split second before the pilot light in my hands goes up [...] and I join hands and becomes a ball lightning but a scary ball lightning like blue and purple. It has a suggestion of a Cthulhu's face. And then I hurl it like a Hadouken, like an arcane Hadouken across the room. And it engulfs him and you can see just for a second the infinite pain before his blood just boils and his flesh melts from his bones. And then he atomises like that bit in Terminator where she's holding on the fence and the nuclear blast. Is he dead?
- Token Evil Teammate: Prudence is the only teammate who is truly evil; Dob, Egbert, and Merilwen are Good (Chaotic, Lawful, and Neutral Good, respectively), whereas Corazón seems to be more Neutral.
- Token Religious Teammate: Egbert, as a Paladin, is very excited about the good news. Unfortunately, he's with Dob, Corazón, and Prudence.Merilwen: Look, I've been trying to work them on the nature thing, and even that's difficult.
- The Unfettered: Johnny, the DM, who has to put up with the crazy antics of the group. Particularly Egbert.
- Violation of Common Sense: Corazón disguising himself as a fictional creature, Egbert hitting a lit hand grenade like a baseball, Dob slipping a Tome of Eldritch Lore into an opponent's stew... this is pretty much their M.O. Part of why Johnny keeps getting confounded by the Oxventurers is that they keep successfully doing things that shouldn't be able to work.
- Wall Jump: Corazón's method of escaping the pit and arrow traps. Bonus points for doing the Hurdy-Gurdy while he does it.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer...:
- Prudence's answer to every problem is violence. Either (usually) Eldritch Blast, or with a stiletto knife. When a tied-up goblin stammers that two of his friends were killed, Prudence kills a third just to show she means business.Prudence: What are you doing, Corazón? Just kill him and be done with it.
- Egbert is only better in the sense that he has three solutions of violence rather than Prudence's two: Smash something with his mace, breathe fire on it, or explode it with a bomb. However, he has taken to using his bombs in ways that shouldn't even work, such as using a bomb to propel himself over a wall rather than just blowing the wall up with said bomb.
- In a less explosive/messy sense, Merilwen's go-to question for every problem the Oxventurers are faced with seems to be "will me turning into a cat help solve this?"
- Prudence's answer to every problem is violence. Either (usually) Eldritch Blast, or with a stiletto knife. When a tied-up goblin stammers that two of his friends were killed, Prudence kills a third just to show she means business.
- You All Meet in an Inn: The second live show begins with the team going for a drink in a tavern and noticing that one of the other patrons has a sign advertising for adventurers. Andy lampshades that they could just ignore him, but that then the rest of the show would probably be very dull and uneventful.